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Egypt condemns 'vile' terror attack on mosques in New Zealand

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Mar 2019
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Police attempt to move people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Photo: AP)
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Egypt has condemned a terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand on Friday which killed at least 49 people and injured more than 20.

In a statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry stressed its support for New Zealand and the families of the victims, saying that “this vile terrorist act contravenes all humanitarian principles.”

Egypt condemns the attack "in the strongest possible terms," read the statement.

“It serves as a new reminder of the necessity of continued and intensified international efforts to face obnoxious terrorism which has no religion, and to counter all forms of violence and extremism,” the statement added.

The ministry said it is following up on the attacks through its embassy in New Zealand.

Gunmen attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers, in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern later described as a terrorist attack.

New Zealand police have said that a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and will appear in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning. Two other suspects remain in custody.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the attack was "very well-planned," and said that mosques across the country would remain under police protection.  

 

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